Ottawa Lebanese Festival turns 25 (Article)

July 11 / 2015

Erin McCracken, Ottawa Community News: By the time the end of the Ottawa Lebanese Festival rolls around, you’ll likely have danced the traditional Dabky dance under the stars, devoured some saj flatbread and taken a turn on the rides.

But the fun won’t end there.

New this year, the closing of the five-day festival will be signaled with a 15-minute fireworks show, weather permitting, on Sunday, July 19 at 10:30 p.m. The grand finale will honour the festival’s 25th anniversary.

“One time only,” said Ray Skaff, event spokesman and longtime festival volunteer.

Middle Eastern food will continue to be one of the main highlights of the cultural celebration, which takes place July 15 to 19 at St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral at 750 Ridegewood Ave. in Riverside Park.

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